On Thursday, the Chamber’s Health Care and Bioscience Committee held their monthly meeting, where the focus was on the community-wide effort to address workforce issues. Mayor Ron Nirenberg led our group of presenters by asserting that COVID-19 has exacerbated workforce and economic issues this community has faced for some time, including underemployment. He addressed community-wide efforts to help in the short-term and introduced the mid-term program being developed by educational and business leaders that will be brought to the voters in November. These efforts would support in-demand industries such as health care and bioscience. A 2018 economic impact study of the health care and bioscience industry found that one in six San Antonio employees work in this field, and a 2020 study is currently underway and will be released later this year.
Other presenters included:
- David Meadows, Workforce Development Manager, City of San Antonio Economic Development Department
- Adrian Lopez, CEO, Workforce Solutions Alamo
- Romanita Matta-Barrera, Executive Director, SA Works
Their presentations are available for viewing at the links above. For more information, contact Vice President of Economic Development, Belinda Garza Hartwig at firstname.lastname@example.org